Today we drove from Grand Rapids to Toledo, OH for lunch with Shane and Shelly. Enjoyed talking about what’s going on at Emmanuel and sharing our passion for Brazil. God’s providence led us to meet missionaries from Sao Paulo who were just getting ready to depart back to the field. Maicol went to school at Cedarville with their son Andrew and it was neat to chat with them about preparing to head to the field. Then we drove to Cleveland to meet Mandy’s friend Chelsea who we’ve been praying towards recovery and healing from her recently diagnosed Leukemia. We had a wonderful evening eating Panera and just catching up. Then we drove right outside of Akron, OH to stay the night with Martha and Phil. Enjoyed a nice long rest after a busy day! So thankful all the scheduling worked out and God has given us safety and perseverance thus far!
Wonderful couple of days with our friends Dave and Jen in Hudsonville, MI. Maicol met Dave upon coming to the states at Word of Life, NY. We enjoyed playing with their son, going for a boat ride and most importantly relaxing! Really enjoyed the fellowship and encouragement of these two. Praise the Lord for friends rooted in the love of God!
Visited Emmanuel Baptist in Arcanum, OH. Amazing God moment: The woman who led Mandy to the Lord was also the wife of this church’s former Pastor. We had no idea of the connection until that morning! Many people were impacted by this couple’s ministry and heart for evangelism and we enjoyed sharing memories!
Ed’s famous pancakes for Mandy’s birthday breakfast! Leave Brownsburg, IN and head to Dayton, OH area. Celebrated by shopping and eating out at The Green in Dayton which is a really nice outdoor mall. Lots of fun! Then we stayed the night with our friends Gabe and Traci.